First Glimpse of New Eco Homes in Stoke-on-Trent

Plans to transform historic Victorian terraces in Stoke-on-Trent in to eco-homes are to go on display for the first time.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and ctd architects, who are leading on the designs for the properties, will be exhibiting plans for the new homes at City Waterside Community Centre, in Dresden Street, between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday, 11 January.

The project, which will see a series of Victorian terraced properties transformed in to three and four bedroom houses, has been put forward following consultation with residents keen to see larger family homes created in the area.

It will focus on a row of 15 terraced properties in Balfour Street, Hanley, which have unique heritage features. The proposal is for the properties to be converted into larger family homes which will all feature high specification eco-friendly measures such as solar panels, rainwater storage systems and under-floor heating.

“This is an exciting opportunity to transform the traditional terraced properties into state-of-the-art family homes. It is part of a larger development opportunity in the City Waterside East area and will complement neighbouring housing schemes creating high quality, eco-friendly family homes at the edge of the city centre. An earlier consultation with residents found that there was a real desire to keep the historic building fronts in Balfour Street while creating larger family homes in the area. The drop-in session will give people the chance to have a look at the plans and make comments and suggestions on the proposals.”

The proposals, which will see the former terraced properties completely transformed internally while maintaining the traditional heritage frontages, include around 16 energy efficient features both inside and outside the property.

At a consultation event for the City Waterside masterplan in the summer revamping the homes in Balfour Street was the preferred option for residents. The scheme received 97 per cent approval from the community.

Chris Hesketh, conservation architect at Leek-based ctd architects, welcomed the opportunity to be involved in helping Renew and Stoke-on-Trent City Council to deliver heritage-led community regeneration. He said: “The project is hoped to be a useful exemplar for other terraced properties in North Staffordshire. It is a ‘common-sense’ approach which will offer contemporary energy efficient family homes, whilst reinforcing the special heritage character of these distinctive terraces. This is ‘sustainable heritage’ at its most practical.”

Balfour Street falls within the City Waterside area of regeneration. Other plans in the area include the development of more than 90 homes in the Canal Quarter and a further 200 homes on the Wedgwood Gardens site.

Developers Short Listed To Build 100 New Homes In The Canal Quarter

Four national developers have been short-listed to design and build around 100 new homes in the Canal Quarter in Hanley Stoke-on-Trent.

Work on preparing the site for development has already begun which will include the creation of a new public square and water features linking the city centre to the Caldon Canal.

Each of the short-listed developers will submit outline proposals for the project with a decision on the preferred team expected later in the year. The chosen developer will then be asked to prepare a detailed plan for the project by early next year. Work is due to start on the first phase of the scheme, which will involve around 90 properties, in Spring 2011.

It is fantastic to see such an array of celebrated developers in the short-listing for this residential scheme. The new Canal Quarter will provide a mixture of high class homes in the city centre. It will compliment other regeneration projects such as the new bus station, Tesco store and Central Business District and it is good to see significant progress continuing to be made. The location overlooking the historic Caldon canal and within easy reach of city amenities will provide a real draw to residents looking for city living opportunities.
The level of interest and quality of the shortlist shows there is a good appetite from developers to work in Stoke-on-Trent, and we look forward to working with the city council in appointing a preferred partner later this year to support us in delivering the vision for City Waterside and its community.

The four short-listed developers are:

  • Westbury Partnerships (on behalf of Persimmon Homes)
  • Rok Building Ltd
  • Keepmoat Ltd
  • BDW Trading Ltd (Barratt)

Canal Quarter Plans Get Underway With Road Closures

Plans to develop over 250 new homes and create a major new pedestrian route through the city centre are starting today (June 1) as part of the development of the Canal Quarter; Renews flagship project.

The Canal Quarter, included within the City Waterside masterplan, also aims to deliver a new large scale building and other small scale commercial, leisure and retail outlets within an identified five hectare area.

Advanced notices will be implemented today advising that by the end of the week permanent road closures will be applied to the following three roads:

Talbot Street;
Berkeley Street;
Howson Street.

The closures of these roads are necessary to allow drilling and grouting works of the disused mineshafts underneath the site. These works will take 13 weeks to complete. Following this the city council will project mange the creation of fully serviced development plots. Work for this will start in the autumn this year and will last for between six to eight months.

In addition double yellow lines will also be implemented to Pelham Street and Bernard Street.

Councillor Brian Ward, cabinet member for housing, planning and transportation: said: “The development work to the Canal Quarter will act as a catalyst for future investment in the city and is a key step to the overall regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent. By creating pedestrianised areas we are helping to encourage both residents and investors back into the city.”

It is anticipated that a residential developer will be appointed later this year and the first houses will be built in the late Spring 2011.

New City Waterside site plans a step closer

The next phase in the regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent’s City Waterside area is set to be approved next week (beginning 7 December), when the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the housing market renewal pathfinder RENEW North Staffordshire confirm nearly £6 million investment in a flagship development.

HCA board member Kate Barker is to visit North Staffordshire on 7 December to announce £2.9m funding. On 9 December Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet will be asked to approve matching £2.9m funding from RENEW.

The funding of nearly £6m will be used for land assembly, land remediation and key highways and services infrastructure works for a new mixed-use development, preparing the way for 250 new homes and a new state-of-the-art factory for Bridgewater Pottery.

An outline planning application is currently being considered by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Subject to the necessary approvals, consultants will be appointed by the year end to oversee the infrastructure and remediation work. The work is due to start in early 2010, completing in early 2011. The ongoing development of the site, including initial residential phases, is then anticipated from Spring 2011.

Production at Bridgewater Pottery, one of the most successful potteries in Stoke-on-Trent, will relocate to a purpose-built building including visitor centre on one part of the site, while the former potteries will be renovated and redeveloped for residential and leisure use, capitalising on their heritage and canalside location. They form part of a 4.5 hectare site which is close to the city centre and immediately to the north of the new City Waterside school and Bridgewater Bridge, which opened in 2008 and April 2009 respectively.

Designed by Nord architects, the area will include around 250 homes, of which 25 per cent will be affordable, together with 5,576 sq m (60,000 sq ft) of commercial space. The vision includes canalside cafes, restaurants, shops and potentially an art gallery. Sustainability plays a major role, with the inclusion of a Sustainable Urban Drainage system (SUDS), which will act as a water feature while also capturing residual energy from the manufacturing process for use across the remainder of the development.

Kate Barker, an HCA Board Member and originally from Stoke-on-Trent, will visit the site on 7 December to announce the agency’s investment. She commented: “This is a superb scheme bringing new life to some of the old pottery and warehouse buildings and maximising use of cleared land. We are hoping to use the Government’s Public Land Initiative in procuring developers for the scheme, which will speed up the process and encourage private sector involvement.”

Brian Ward, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The new housing and replacement Bridgewater factory will show how we can design top quality new housing alongside modern industry to help create a vibrant and thriving community.

“Development has slowed during the recession, but we are determined to prepare the way for the upturn by putting in place the infrastructure for new housing and insisting on the highest quality designs. “By working together with the Homes and Communities Agency we will develop a scheme that will be a flagship development for City Waterside and Stoke-on-Trent.”

New City Waterside site plans a step closer

The next phase in the regeneration of Stoke-on-Trent’s City Waterside area is set to be approved next week (beginning 7 December), when the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the housing market renewal pathfinder RENEW North Staffordshire confirm nearly £6 million investment in a flagship development.

HCA board member Kate Barker is to visit North Staffordshire on 7 December to announce £2.9m funding. On 9 December Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet will be asked to approve matching £2.9m funding from RENEW.

The funding of nearly £6m will be used for land assembly, land remediation and key highways and services infrastructure works for a new mixed-use development, preparing the way for 250 new homes and a new state-of-the-art factory for Bridgewater Pottery.

An outline planning application is currently being considered by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Subject to the necessary approvals, consultants will be appointed by the year end to oversee the infrastructure and remediation work. The work is due to start in early 2010, completing in early 2011. The ongoing development of the site, including initial residential phases, is then anticipated from Spring 2011.

Production at Bridgewater Pottery, one of the most successful potteries in Stoke-on-Trent, will relocate to a purpose-built building including visitor centre on one part of the site, while the former potteries will be renovated and redeveloped for residential and leisure use, capitalising on their heritage and canalside location. They form part of a 4.5 hectare site which is close to the city centre and immediately to the north of the new City Waterside school and Bridgewater Bridge, which opened in 2008 and April 2009 respectively.

Designed by Nord architects, the area will include around 250 homes, of which 25 per cent will be affordable, together with 5,576 sq m (60,000 sq ft) of commercial space. The vision includes canalside cafes, restaurants, shops and potentially an art gallery. Sustainability plays a major role, with the inclusion of a Sustainable Urban Drainage system (SUDS), which will act as a water feature while also capturing residual energy from the manufacturing process for use across the remainder of the development.

Kate Barker, an HCA Board Member and originally from Stoke-on-Trent, will visit the site on 7 December to announce the agency’s investment. She commented: “This is a superb scheme bringing new life to some of the old pottery and warehouse buildings and maximising use of cleared land. We are hoping to use the Government’s Public Land Initiative in procuring developers for the scheme, which will speed up the process and encourage private sector involvement.”

Brian Ward, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The new housing and replacement Bridgewater factory will show how we can design top quality new housing alongside modern industry to help create a vibrant and thriving community.

“Development has slowed during the recession, but we are determined to prepare the way for the upturn by putting in place the infrastructure for new housing and insisting on the highest quality designs. “By working together with the Homes and Communities Agency we will develop a scheme that will be a flagship development for City Waterside and Stoke-on-Trent.”

Big Boost for City Waterside and the Emma Bridgewater Pottery

By Pits ‘n’ Pots Reporter

New “Ëœboulevard’ style walkways, a wide choice of new homes, and a “Ëœstate of the art’ new pottery for Emma Bridgewater are the highlights of regeneration proposals unveiled today for the City Waterside area of Stoke-on-Trent.

The plans will go on public exhibition next week and an outline planning application will follow.

Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council Cllr Ross Irving said:- “The new factory is a huge boost for the city and demonstrates that the pottery industry here is alive and well. It’s also good for the city’s “Ëœgreen’ image, as the factory will be sited in a new ecologically designed development of homes, boulevards, parks, canalside shops, cafes and studios. I’m delighted that the Emma Bridgewater brand is going from strength to strength and has become an icon of a new ceramic era for Stoke-on-Trent. “

The new factory will be sited adjacent to the present Victorian Emma Bridgewater factory buildings.  It will use the latest “Ëœgreen’ technology to conserve and recycle heat, power and water.

A new “Ëœlive, work and play’ community will be created around the Caldon Canal and the Emma Bridgewater site, with new housing stretching north from the recently opened canal bridge along the new “Ëœspine’ boulevard to the city centre. Housing, employment, public open spaces and parks will all be situated close together.

It is expected that site preparation and infrastructure development of the £50m scheme will commence in 2010, subject to obtaining all the required consents. Construction of the new Emma Bridgewater factory is expected to feature in one of the early phases of the scheme.

The boulevard will be paved in a Minton style and will be lined with a mix of housing ranging from large family homes, terraced town houses and apartments. These new homes will be environmentally designed to set a new standard for the area. They will provide variety together with a strong “Ëœsense of place’, and a quarter of the homes will be lower cost “Ëœaffordable’ homes.

The land immediately adjacent to the boulevard will offer a mix of public spaces and unusual garden spaces with wetland areas to encourage wildlife.

The sloping site drops 12m from the city centre to the canal, giving outstanding views across the valley to the Staffordshire Peak District. The central pedestrian “Ëœspine’ boulevard drops in a series of slopes towards the canal, with adjacent homes and gardens mainly south facing.

At the south end of the site, a new public space fronting the canal with cafes and bars will attract visitors and tourists to add to the “Ëœbuzz’ of City Waterside. This will be next to new reed beds, used to recycle water from the Bridgewater Pottery.

Conversion of the existing historic Bridgewater factory building to mixed use will contribute to a total of over 200 new homes proposed in the area bounded by Lichfield Street, Eastwood Road and the Caldon Canal. Parts of the factory will be converted into small workshops and studios suitable for small businesses such as craftworkers and artists. The existing Bridgewater shop and cafe will be retained.

The new factory will make full use of the latest “Ëœgreen’ technology to produce ceramic products by the very latest manufacturing techniques. Kilns are proposed to extend to the upper level, with retail and leisure units proposed for the ground floor frontage.

Cafés, restaurants, small shop and pub units are proposed near the canal, to contribute to a lively mixed community. The canal-side area could also see the development of a new temporary mooring facility for visitors who arrive by boat.

The plans that will form part of an outline planning application will be on public display from 1pm to 5pm on Thursday 18 June at the City Waterside Community Centre, Dresden Street. Then at the Emma Bridgewater Factory, Lichfield Street, from 3pm to 8pm on Friday 19 June, and 10am to 1pm on Saturday 20 June.  All are welcome and staff will be on hand to answer questions and explain the proposals in more detail.

Adrian Knapper and Emma Bridgewater open the “ËœBridge to the Future’

By Pits’n’Pots Reporter.

City Waterside in Stoke-on-Trent today saw the official opening of a new bridge over the Caldon Canal, the launch of a new

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater

prospectus to attract developers for the next phase of construction and the re-naming of the City Waterside Community Centre.

Emma Bridgewater helped local children perform the opening ceremony and spoke of her confidence in the future. Emma Bridgewater said:- “I’m very excited at the prospect of having a brand new factory next to my present site. Bridgewater Pottery is completely committed to Stoke-on-Trent and we wouldn’t dream of being anywhere else. This offers us the chance to modernise and introduce new technology to the production of our range of locally made ceramics.”
Adrian Knapper

Adrian Knapper

Cllr. Adrian Knapper, portfolio holder for economic development at Stoke-on-Trent City Council hosted the event and opened the re-named City Waterside Community Centre and the brand new bridge across the Caldon Canal. Cllr Knapper said:- “This really is the bridge to the future linking the developing residential areas of City Waterside to the City Centre. I’m delighted to see so many school children here today, bringing together established and new residents of City Waterside.”

City Waterside is a £177m regeneration scheme on 67 hectares of land immediately south of Stoke-on-Trent City Centre alongside the Caldon Canal. Since redevelopment commenced in 2006 some 1,300 new homes have received planning consent and 220 of these have now been completed and sold.
City Waterside is also home to the successful Emma Bridgewater Pottery.
When City Waterside is fully developed it will total 2,400 new properties and 540 improved homes in historic terraces, together with a small amount of infill housing dating mainly from the 1960s and 1970s. Environmental improvements have been undertaken throughout City Waterside including new street furniture, traffic calming and a face-lift for the Victorian terraced housing that is being retained. Before redevelopment the land comprised poor quality terraced housing and old industrial buildings, many of them former pottery factories.